Thousands of Australians are puzzled over the purpose of this bizarre gadget – so do YOU know what it is?
- Worker begs for thousands of answers after being baffled by mysterious gadget
- She took to Facebook for answers and many shared that it was an atomic ashtray
- Many shared that the set looked like something from the 1962 show The Jetsons
A volunteer worker has pleaded with thousands of people for answers after being puzzled by a mystery gadget that a customer bought from his ops store.
Helen from Brisbane, Queensland asked Facebook users for responses to the retro post after the client admitted she was equally puzzled.
However, after countless responses including a brush holder and a towel rack, it was revealed that the antique purchase was actually an atomic-style ashtray from the early 1960s.
An op shop volunteer has left thousands perplexed after sharing a mysterious item a customer bought and pleaded for answers, many shared it was an atomic ashtray from the 1960s
Atomic ashtrays were hugely popular when smoking was at its height in the 60s and came in a range of bright colors with the same design.
The spring made smoking and socializing easier, as smokers could simply place their cigar or cigarette directly into the coil holder while having a drink.
Hundreds of people have mistakenly guessed that the purchase from the op shop was either a brush holder, a towel holder, a bottle opener, a soap dish or even a toast holder.
The atomic ashtray design and the spring make it easy to smoke and socialize, as smokers can place their cigar or cigarette directly into the spiral holder while having a drink.
Others shared that they also had atomic ashtrays and commented on how the vintage purchase looked like something straight out of the 1962 sitcom The Jetsons.
‘It’s 60s gold! Even if I don’t smoke I would love this,” one woman wrote.
“I think if you removed the piece of metal it would be a great soap dish,” wrote a third.
Others shared that they also have atomic ashtrays and commented on how buying vintage reminds them of something straight out of the 1962 sitcom The Jetsons
A man was also completely perplexed recently by a hinge-mounted jagged metal hook he found and asked Facebook for answers.
The man revealed he knew what the metal device was for, but assumed it was some kind of kitchen utensil.
Others suggested it could be used in stables, as a plant hanger or as a boot scraper – until one woman revealed the hook was a collapsible hanger for the car.
A man was also left completely perplexed by a hinged jagged metal hook he found and asked Facebook for answers, a woman revealed it was a foldable coat hanger
The sharp teeth are used to hold the hangers in place, the woman revealed, and the narrow clip is designed to fit the window of 1950s cars.
The hanger can also be mounted on a wall, according to some antique enthusiasts on the Facebook page, which is why there are hooks on the back.
Antique hooks cost around $100 AUD and were often made in the USA, like the one pictured in the post.